These Playgrounds are Worth the Trip

By: Katie Goncalves | July 1, 2022

Booth Park, Birmingham

Summertime in Metro Detroit is short, so making the most of our sunny, beautiful days is of the utmost importance. Spending the day at a park can be the highlight of any family’s summer, but keeping the kids occupied is absolutely the first priority. The key to any great park is a fantastic playground, especially from a kid’s point of view. Obviously, your local playgrounds get a lot of love: a short walk or drive from home, kid-friendly activities, and the comfort of familiarity. But how about switching it up from time to time? These playgrounds might be a little bit of a trip from where you live, but they will keep your kids busy for hours, and keep you coming back again and again…

Scarlet’s Playground 

Scarlet’s Smile was created with the mission of building a playground that is completely barrier free so all kids are free to play and have fun in the ways they are able. The playground features double-wide ramps that make wheelchair passage a breeze, tunnels, ziplines, sensory play equipment, swings, and many more activities kids will love. There are plans to expand the playground in the future to include a splash pad and changing rooms. 

Location: Dodge Park 5, South Commerce Road, Commerce Township

Booth Park 

Booth Park is home to one of Metro Detroit’s most-loved playgrounds. The playscape is designed with several different play areas including a fort and a train which make it perfect for kids of all ages. There are plenty of things to climb, slide, and swing on to keep kids happy for hours. The highlight might be the astroturf hill, where a piece of cardboard makes the perfect sliding surface to take a ride from top to bottom. 

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Location: Southwest intersection of Old Woodward and Harmon, Birmingham

Maybury State Park Trailhead Playground

The Trailhead Playground is an inclusive playground with plenty of space for kids to run and play. There are three separate play sections featuring slides, rope ladders, and climbing activities with varying difficulties. As a bonus, there is a dedicated zipline area built with two separate runs perfect for races. 

Location: Enter off of 8 Mile Road, the playground is accessible from both Maybury State Park and Maybury Farm in Northville

Lakeshore Park

The newly-renovated Lakeshore Park near the shores of Walled Lake has a completely new playground. There is something for kids of all ages to enjoy from slides to climbing ladders and a merry-go-round that includes room for sitting and standing. This playground is also close to a brand new park building making bathroom breaks a breeze.

Location: 601 South Lake Drive, Novi

Hess Hathaway Park

Located in Waterford, the playground at Hess Hathaway is a farm lover’s dream. The whole playground is enclosed with plenty of shade to allow for comfort and peace of mind during your visit. Kids will love playing in the sand and exploring the maze. If that’s not enough, take a quick walk across the parking lot to the petting zoo! 

Location: 825 South Williams Lake Road, Waterford